By Paul Williams

ISBN-10: 0415356539

ISBN-13: 9780415356534

Originating in India, Mahayana Buddhism unfold throughout Asia, changing into the familiar kind of Buddhism in Tibet and East Asia. during the last twenty-five years Western curiosity in Mahayana has elevated significantly, mirrored either within the volume of scholarly fabric produced and within the charm of Westerners in the direction of Tibetan Buddhism and Zen.

Paul Williams’ Mahayana Buddhism is commonly considered as the normal creation to the sphere, used the world over for instructing and examine and has been translated into numerous ecu and Asian languages. This re-creation has been totally revised all through within the gentle of the wealth of latest reports and specializes in the religion’s range and richness. It contains even more fabric on China and Japan, with acceptable connection with Nepal, and for college students who desire to hold their learn extra there's a much-expanded bibliography and vast footnotes and cross-referencing. every person learning this crucial culture will locate Williams’ booklet the correct significant other to their studies.


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Thus, Gombrich argues, Mahayana as such is unlikely to have occurred – and certainly would not have survived – much prior to the use of writing for scriptural texts. Against this, Vetter (1994) has suggested that there is some evidence that early Mahayana material was transmitted orally. Even so, for Gombrich the important point is that Mahayana would not have survived without occurring within an enduring respected Buddhist organization which was prepared to preserve it. It is difficult to see in the case of Buddhism what that organization could be if not members of the regular organization which preserves Buddhist texts, the Satgha.

There is no suggestion that being a lay Bodhisattva, let alone a monastic Bodhisattva, was some sort of easy path. It is taken for granted that he is a family man, but the lay Bodhisattva (who is therefore male) is left in no doubt that women are a hindrance in the spiritual path, he should now be celibate, and he is exhorted to see his wife as an enemy or executioner, a burden, and destined for hell (Nattier 2003a: 249–50). 62 The lay Bodhisattva spends much of his time visiting monasteries, and admonishing others to take up Buddhist practices.

Qxd 16/6/08 11:55 AM Page 19 Introduction 19 Our sources tend to be rather later than the events themselves. It is difficult to know how to take these accounts of early disputes and breaches in the monastic order, and some of them may well be nothing more than later polemical attempts to account for how the many different schools and sects emerged, with only limited reliable historical material to go on. It is not clear whether there ever was an actual monk called ‘Mahadeva’ who put forward (or was involved in some way in formulating) the theses attributed to him.

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